3 liquor licenses yanked due to COVID-19 order violations 

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    The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (LCC) has issued emergency suspensions of the liquor licenses held by businesses in Muskegon Heights, Conklin and Grand Rapids, according to a statement.

    The public may file an anonymous complaint with the LCC enforcement division by calling its enforcement hotline, toll-free, at 866-893-2121.

    The licensees’ multiple violations of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19-related executive orders included failure to require six feet of social distancing; failure to require face coverings for staff and patrons; and failure to prohibit patrons from congregating.

    The businesses are: 

    • Odyssey Entertainment, an adult entertainment bar, located at 700 East Broadway Ave. in Muskegon Heights. The commission ordered an emergency suspension of the Class C License on Aug. 26 pending a hearing on Sept. 4. Prior to that hearing, on Sept. 3, the licensee entered into a negotiated settlement which resulted in $750 in fines and an additional 14-day suspension which ended Sept. 17.
    • Wright Tavern located at 18800 8th Ave. in Conklin. The commission ordered an emergency suspension of the Class C/SDM licenses on Sept. 9. A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 21 to determine whether this summary suspension should continue, or other fines and penalties should be imposed.
    • Flamingo Lounge located at 930 Bridge St. N.W. in Grand Rapids. The commission ordered an emergency suspension of the Class C/SDM licenses on Sept. 15. A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 25 to determine whether this summary suspension should continue, or other fines and penalties should be imposed.

    Relatedly, Ingham County health officials in July stated that almost 200 COVID-19 cases emanated from patronage at Harper’s Restaurant and Brew Pub in East Lansing. During a hearing, LCC commissioners posed questions to owners of the establishment. The commission, however, did not move to suspend or revoke Harper’s Class C or Brewpub licenses. 

    Ken Coleman
    Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.